IELTS Essay Sample Question # Advertisements

You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Advertisements have harmful effects on the society. Do you agree or disagree?

You should write 250 words.


[Paraphrasing the question]

Advertisements have a deepening impact on the lives of the individuals and society at large. Since the inception of advertisements, there have been debates on whether it informs or misleads the society. With institutions in place to check the content and correctness of an advertisement, in my opinion, for the most part, advertisements focus on informing more than misleading.

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Countries all over the world have powerful consumer watch bodies or self-governing agencies to ensure no harm to consumers. For example, the Advertisement Standards Council of India regulates advertisements in India. The job of these institutions is to ensure that the consumer gets the right description of the product being sold.

[Body Part II]

The entry of internet in the market has changed the game altogether. With more people having access to the internet, individuals are more likely to do a market research before buying an expensive product. Few people, often do a comparison between different products, on the price and understand better before buying.


With a knowledge base of zillion bytes and information on a click, fooling consumers has become difficult for the advertising companies. In addition, various regulatory bodies ensure that advertisements in large have a positive impact on the society at large. Although one cannot deny the manipulating powers of the advertisement, several other sources have come up to ensure less of that happens.